Plans to build homes on former nursing home site in Mansfield

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A former nursing home site in Mansfield will be converted into 35 news homes after being given the go-ahead by planners.

The new properties will be built on 0.84 hectare site land on Balmoral Drive.

The overgrown land once house Balmoral Lodge Nursing Home but was cleared more than a decade ago.

Previous applications in 2004 and in 2007 to build houses were given planning permission, but never came to fruition.

It would include a mix of two and three bedroom homes, including detached, semi-detached, flats and bungalows.

Access onto the site would be from Balmoral Drive.

Three letters of objection were received from residents living on Balmoral Drive and neighbouring Millennium Court, citing increased traffic volumes and the proximity of the proposed homes to existing properties as two main reasons.

Ward councillor, Sean McCallum, also addressed the planning committee raising concerns about access, particularly for emergency vehicles.

But Coun Martin Wright responded by saying: “This is 35 new homes for Mansfield, I don’t think we could turn it down because of people parking indiscriminately.

“It’s a matter for the county council to address at a later date I feel.”

The planning committee passed the application unanimously.

However, with local primary schools ‘at capacity’, Nottinghamshire County Council would seek more than £80,000 in education contributions from the applicant, Brunts Charity.

In addition, a further £37,000 is required as part of a Section 106 Agreement for public open spaces, with the money spent on landscaping, trees, benches litter bins and recreational improvements to the area.